What Exactly Is Reiki?

About Reiki

what is reiki


Reiki combines the use of vital force (ki), that exist in any form of life, alive or alive, solid, liquid or gaseous, with warmth, confidence and healing power of human touch. No matter where we are, universal vital energy is always available.

We carry it in us and we are surrounded by it. Our body takes it, as it return it to the environment. This process resembles inspiration and expiration and is usually unconscious. Reiki is generally known as touch healing technique. It can become a part of life for those who have been initiated.

The meaning of Reiki ideogram

The word Reiki means “Universal force of life, Universal energy of life” and just that it is. It is everywhere, without limits, abundantly, it is ecological, environmentally friendly, cruelty free, free.

The Japanese language, made up of syllables with various meanings, it is perhaps one of the richest in current language meanings. Therefore, Reiki, in Japanese, has multiple meanings starting from the syllables of which it is composed:

  • Rei – divine wisdom, wonderful, universal, divine light, omnipresent, omnipotent shiny, etc.
  • Ki – vital energy, universal force, the generating force of heaven and earth.

In Chinese Ki is identical with Chi, in Hindus with Prana, in Christians with the Holy Spirit, in French with vital momentum, and Paracelsus named it Numia. All of these terms designate the same fundamental energy.

To put it simply, we could say that Reiki is a method based on:

  • the use of some of the well-represented esoteric principles in Japan at the end part of the Meiji period,
  • a clever combination of the principles of traditional Chinese medicine with energy transfer techniques,
  • with Tendai Buddhism (present through energetic exercises),
  • with spiritual teachings or initiations and, last but not least,
  • with a strong Shinto vein (present through energy control techniques).

The symbols appeared a little later in Reiki, having their origins in Tendai Buddhism and Shintoism. There are specialists who believe that some of them have been replaced by some symbols coming from Tibet.

Sensei Usui

Sensei Usui has harnessed all of these tendencies in a unique way, allowing anyone to be permanently connected to the healing energy source, without necessarily requiring years and years of spiritual practice, and has learned how to pass on this ability to other people, to this day.

In Reiki you will not use your own energy, but the flow of the universal energy of life, which will be channeled to those around you through your hands, eyes, breath or intention.

Multiple meanings of the word Reiki



In order to understand in depth what Reiki represents in Japanese civilization and culture, we must see through the eyes of the Japanese what the Reiki ideogram signifies. This includes two kanji, which can be written both in the old form of the ideograms and in the modern form, which simplifies writing a bit.

Rei has multiple meanings, of which I would mention only two:

  1. Spirit; the spiritual aspect of being
  2. Divine, charismatic, supernatural, mysterious, the others having more of a plastic, poetic interpretation, harder to render by the words of a language other than Japanese.

Ki – the second part of the ideogram, can be defined in the following ways:

  1. Soul, life-giving energy
  2. Invisible force

However, dictionaries only present the following equivalences:

Rei – soul, spirit

Ki – spirit, soul, spirit, heart / feeling / intention, inclination

However, accepting a technical or poetic translation, more than 5000 years ago, in the oriental tradition and culture we find everywhere, in different linguistic forms, the magic word KI. It is the magic that animates and sustains life, it is the manifest spirit in this world.

KI is also the vital force that connects the material and spiritual aspects of creation, is the universal principle that unites things, is a link between the micro and the macrocosm, which could best be represented by the Christian concept of light from the Holy Spirit.

KI represents vitality and health.

Another meaning is that of sensitivity, as an ability to perceive forces that cannot be seen by the eyes – sound waves, electric current or the auras of living bodies.

William Blake once said that energy is eternal pleasure, and any work of art, be it poetry, novel, painting, sculpture, owes much of its beauty and value to the very presence of this KI.

The word Ki has entered the consciousness of many people due to increased familiarity with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture or martial arts. Maybe that’s why Ki is a word that many people associate with Reiki or Ai Ki Do.

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